**November fell short for precipitation across most of Minnesota. The only exceptions were in the far southeast and far northeast. In general precipitation departures were around a half inch below normal.
**November was the second below normal month in a row. The preliminary average statewide temperature was 24.5 degrees or 6.5 degrees colder than normal.
Where we stand now:
**As of December 6, 2018 there is snow cover southern and northern Minnesota, but snow cover is scant over central Minnesota.
**The US Drought Monitor Map released on December 6 depicts a small area in Northwest Minnesota in Abnormally Dry conditions.
**Ice is affecting many streams across Minnesota, especially across the central and north.
**On December 6 the level of Mille Lacs was .66 feet above the median for the date and has been above the median since June.
**Corn for grain harvest at 96% complete was five days behind the five-year average. Soil moisture levels at Lamberton and Waseca were above the historical median for the last report in early November.
Weather Outlook For Sunday, December 9th
8 to 14 Day Temperature Outlook
If you're not a fan of the chilly weather as of late, you'll be happy to know that the extended temperature outlook from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center suggests a warmer than average December 15th - 21st across much of the nation. Keep in mind that the average high in the Twin Cities during that time period ranges from 25F to 27F. The extended forecast for the Twin Cities during that time looks like it'll be in the low/mid 30s.
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Weather conditions over the next several days looks REALLY quiet! The next best chance of any snow would come midweek and at this point it looks very light if any at all. Snow lovers are still waiting for something substantial and looking at the models, I don't see anything promising over the 10 days at least.
By Paul Douglas
SUNDAY: Peeks of sun. Please?. Winds: SW 5-10. High: 27.
SUNDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy and quiet. Winds: WSW 5. Low: 16.
MONDAY: Glimmers of sun, a bit milder. Winds: SW 5-10. High: 28.
TUESDAY: Status quo. Patchy clouds. Winds: E 5-10. Wake-up: 18. High: 30.
WEDNESDAY: Still gray, chance of flurries. Winds: E 5-10 Wake-up: 20. High: 31.
THURSDAY: Better chance of flurries. Winds: W 8-13. Wake-up: 23. High: 32.
FRIDAY: More clouds than sunshine. Winds: W 5-10. Wake-up: 22. High: 33.
SATURDAY: Squirts of sun. A milder breeze. Winds: S 10-15. Wake-up: 21. High: 36.
This Day in Weather History
2003: Significant snow with amounts between 6 to 10 inches falls from southwest Minnesota across the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and into west central Wisconsin. Winds across the area were 25 to 30 mph, with blowing and drifting snow in open areas. Although some parts of far south central Minnesota only picked up 4 to 6 inches, winds in this area were a little stronger, creating near-blizzard conditions. The greatest snowfall totals occurred in the Twin Cities metro, where Chaska, Chanhassen and New Hope all picked up 11 inches. Ten inches were recorded at Lamberton, Springfield and Gaylord. There was a sharp cutoff on the northern edge of the snow; Lamberton in southernmost Redwood County tallied 10 inches, while 25 miles to the north at Belview in far northern Redwood County, only 2 inches was recorded. Rockford, straddling the Hennepin/Wright County line, received 6 inches, whereas Buffalo, 10 miles to the northwest in central Wright County, only received 1 inch.
1995: The passage of a strong low pressure system on the 8th leads to wind chill readings of 50 to 75 below as strong northwest winds of 25 to 40 mph ushered significantly colder air across the region. The dangerously cold wind chill readings persisted through the morning of the 9th.
1961: A snowstorm hits central Minnesota. Mora gets about a foot.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average High: 29F (Record: 58F set in 1939)
Average Low: 14F (Record: -27F set in 1876)
Record Rainfall: 1.19" set in 1899
Record Snowfall: 10.5" set in 2012
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
Hours of Daylight: ~8 hours & 52 minutes
Daylight LOST since yesterday: ~59 seconds
Daylight LOST since summer solstice (June 21st): 6 hours and 31 Minutes
Moon Phase for December 9th at Midnight
3.0 Days Since New Moon
What's in the Night Sky?
According to EarthSky.org this is what will be visible in the night sky over the next several nights:
"After sunset on December 8, 9 and 10, 2018, it’ll be a challenge to spot Saturn near the young moon. Find an unobstructed horizon in the direction of sunset on these evenings, and start your search no later than about an hour after sundown. Both the moon and Saturn will quickly follow the sun beneath the western horizon. Will you see them? Maybe. Binoculars could come in handy. Around the world these next several evenings, Saturn sets about 1 1/2 hours after the sun. The moon’s setting time will vary considerably, depending on the date and your place on the globe. From everywhere worldwide, the moon will be easier to catch on December 9 than December 8. It’ll be easier still on December 10. That’s because, day by day, a wider (yet still very slender) waxing crescent moon will be higher up in the sky at sunset and will stay out longer after sundown. Note that – on December 9 and 10 – the illuminated portion of the moon will be pointing toward Saturn. Click here to find out when the sun and moon set in your sky, remembering to check the Moonrise and moonsetbox. New moon was December 7. It happened at 7:20 UTC; translate UTC to your time. For time zones in the contiguous U.S., that places the time of new moon on December 7 at 2:20 a.m. Eastern Time, 1:20 a.m. Central Time, 12:20 a.m. Mountain Time – and on December 6, at 11:20 p.m. Pacific Time. So, as the sun sets over North America on December 8, the moon will be over 1 1/2 days old. And that’s a very young moon. Take a look at the worldwide map below depicting the day and night sides of Earth for December 8, at 7:20 UTC (precisely one day after new moon). The shadow line passing through Northeast Asia, Japan and to the east (right) of New Zealand shows where it’s sunset when the moon is just one day old. Thus, for Asia and Australasia, it’ll be tougher to see the moon on December 8."
National Weather Outlook
A strong storm system will continue to slide across the Southern and Southeastern US with areas of heavy rain, sleet, snow and ice! A number of winter weather headlines have been posted from the Southern Plains to the Mid-Atlantic States as well as Flood watches across the Gulf Coast States.
Rain And Snowfall Potential
Here's the rain and snowfall potential through 7pm Monday, which shows areas of heavy snow wrapping up across the Midwest, while areas of heavy rain will continue across the Southeastern US.